I sketched out two words in the dirt with my dummy when I was 9 months old. They said 'Feed me'. That's pretty much how it's been ever since ...
What's the story behind your latest book?
Cat Andrews is nerdy and has hair wings. Her Biffle, Dolores, is busty and gorgeous. They can't imagine how they could be more different. And yet somehow they end up chasing the same guys ...
Fanmail is about the one sixteen year old girl in the whole entire world who doesn't get boybands, doesn't have any lasting passions to be a WAG or date Harry Styles, and would far rather get on with her exams that go to a concert and try to meet a boy band star. So when the world's biggest boyband dream teen ends up camping in her shed, nobody is more surprised - and upset about it - than she is. . So it sounds like a story about girls and boybands, and indeed it is. More than that, though, it's a story about girls and being a teenager, and girls and their best friends, and girls and their families. With hormones and hair wings thrown in.
And while Cat is not a fan of boybands, at all, the same cannot be said of me, the author.My many boyband near-misses are detailed on my blog.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being a non-indie author - ie a traditionally published author with all the good, the bad and the huggly that it entails. I like being both!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives the indie author and publisher so much flexibility to place their books on many different platforms, and all with such ease and visibility in the process. Can't be beaten.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To misquote Oscar Wilde, authors teach their mind to misbehave. I love nothing more than tricking my mind into thinking I'm actually someone else (eg Cat Andrews, 16, science freak, lover of lutes and girl of unusual height and no width, apart from in the hair department). It's the most freeing experience ever.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hey, the book's called FANMAIL. Waddya reckon?!
Seriously, fans mean the world to me. Nothing - even royalty payments from Smashwords - brings me more pleasure than hearing from a fan, especially when the book has touched them personally and perhaps made a difference in their life.
And with FANMAIL I get double the fun and double the fans, as the songs that 'Jason' from the book has recorded are getting fans on radio and iTunes too. Check out I CRY and SHOW ME TOMORROW on my website at www.miacastlebooks.com!
What are you working on next?
I'm just polishing up my next book, Pineapple, which is also for teens/YA and is still humorous but with more serious undertones. It commemorates World War 1 so I'm going to make sure it's out by the time it's 100 years since WW1 began.
Who are your favorite authors?
All you indie authors out there!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life, lilac, live music, and lwriting. Okay, writing, but I was enjoying the l theme there ...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing, or editing some writing, or talking about writing. I'm even studying writing. How OCD is that?!
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